Environmental Damages Fund Applications Due February 18th

The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is a specified purpose account administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to direct funds received from fines, court orders and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit Canada’s natural environment.

Call for Proposals start date: January 21, 2020 Call for Proposals deadline: February 18, 2020


The purpose of any contribution to the EDF is to restore the environment and conserve wildlife and habitats in a scientifically sound, cost-effective, and technically feasible way.


Funding categories

restoration environmental quality improvement research and development education and awareness rises in order of priority:

  • restoration

  • environmental quality improvement

  • research and development

  • education and awareness

Eligible applicants

Eligible groups include:

  • non-governmental organizations

  • universities and academic institutions

  • Indigenous organizations

  • provincial, territorial and municipal governments

Individuals, businesses, or other federal departments or agencies are not eligible for funding but are encouraged to partner with eligible groups to apply. Offenders are not eligible to apply directly or to partner with eligible groups, for fines or monetary payments they have made that were directed to the EDF.

Eligible projects

Priority is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife, followed by:

  • environmental quality improvement initiatives

  • research and development on environmental restoration and improvement

  • education and awareness on issues affecting the health of the natural environment

There is no maximum project duration. The average length of a project is approximately two years.

While matching funds are not required, evidence of other funding sources such as matching contributions and the respective amounts, or demonstration of the applicant’s ability to raise funds from sources other than the federal government in a past project will be considered as an asset at the proposal evaluation stage.

Applying for funding

Funding deadlines take place twice annually. The deadline for submitting a project is 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), on the date indicated. Please consult the Available Funds page and GCEMS for application deadlines.

Please note that GCEMS technical support will only be available until 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST); there will be no technical support available after 9:00 pm EST. 

When you are ready to apply, project proposals are accepted through GCEMS. For detailed application instructions, visit the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) application instructions page.

Information directly sourced from: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/environmental-damages-fund.html#toc5

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